Category Archives: Weather

Why I’m Glad I’m Not Painting Polar Bears

Are you staying warm? No? Me neither. It’s freezing, hasn’t gotten above 25 degrees F in more than a week, hovers mostly around 10, not counting sub-zero wind chill. It snows  just enough to close the public schools every few … Continue reading

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Friday Figures- Street Sketches Benefit Tornado Victims

It was all very last minute (the phone call at 9:30, sketching in OKC by 11) but I was grateful to be part of the fundraiser for tornado relief last Monday. The twisters that devastated Moore and surrounding communities in … Continue reading

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We are okay here in Norman

And thinking tonight of folks just up the road from us, dealing with the appalling aftermath of the tornado that cut through the heart of their city this afternoon. If you can help, please follow this link to the American … Continue reading

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Friday Figures- How to paint a tornado

Making art from destruction is a good exercise in catharsis. People do it everyday. The form it takes depends on the physical or emotional or even metaphorical destruction involved. Sometimes all three parts get whipped up together in a single … Continue reading

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New Orleans Gumbo Report

On Magazine Street over margaritas and sherry-soaked scallop tacos, a New Orleans friend put it this way: “we are drinking people with a parading problem”. He was talking about his relatively local wheelbarrow parade, but he might have meant the … Continue reading

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A Hungry Carnival of Birds

Stuffed birds aren’t always in museums. Sometimes they’re perched in trees, crammed to the tops of their crops. They get sleepy, their heads tilt and eyes glaze over; they are simply stupefied by gluttony. Drawing songbirds through the scope is … Continue reading

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Friday Figures- Man with fur hat

A rare male model posed for us today, all buttoned up and dignified under an oversized fur hat (I would have guessed fox, or maybe coyote). I imagined him as a Russian come in from the cold, or maybe a … Continue reading

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